31. THE HOSPITAL OF LUDGERSHALL
Three hides of land at Ludgershall, valued
at 60s., were granted by Henry II. to the
brethren of Santingfeld near Wissant before
1156, (fn. 1) but it is by no means certain that a
hospital was actually built there. On other
lands, near Luton in Bedfordshire, which
were granted in the same charter, the hospital of Farley was founded shortly after, and
it seems not unlikely that another was built
at Ludgershall (fn. 2) ; but the only actual evidence of its existence is the fact that the master of Farley in 1296 is called master of Farley
and of Ludgershall. (fn. 3) All other allusions to
the lands given by Henry II. in this place describe them as the property of the brethren
of Santingfeld. (fn. 4) At the suppression of the
alien priories, the lands of Farley and Ludgershall were granted in 1448 to King's
College, Cambridge. (fn. 5)
||Dugdale, Mon. vi. 639; Pipe R. 1156.
||See Cobbe's Luton Church, 497.
||Pat. 22 Edw. I. m. 7.
Testa de Neville (Rec. Com.), 245; Hund. R.
(Rec. Com.), i. 37; Pope Nich. Tax. (Rec. Com.).
||Pat. 26 Hen. VI. pt. i., m. 7.